Grosses

'Heaven Is For Real' Takes $7.85M on Good Friday, Topping 'Transcendence' ($4.82M)April 19, 2014 04:05 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Captain America: The Winter Soldier led its third Friday of release with $9.57 million, increasing its domestic total to $184.5 million through 15 days of release--17 percent ahead of Thor: The Dark World at the same point. BoxOffice projects a strong $24.5 million Easter weekend take for the Marvel sequel.

Rio 2 is also holding its own with $9.2 million yesterday, giving it $62.1 million after 8 days in release. The animated sequel is running 5 percent behind the pace of the 2011 original film. BoxOffice projects Rio 2 will earn $22.5 million in its sophomore frame.

Sony's Heaven Is for Real continues to perform well in its extended Easter weekend launch as it pulled off an upset over Transcendence yesterday. After bringing in $7 million combined on Wednesday and Thursday, the faith-based adaptation earned another $7.85 million on Good Friday as the film continues to crossover between mainstream and church-going audiences. BoxOffice projects Heaven will tally $19 million over the 3-day frame, giving it a strong 5-day start of $26 million through Easter Sunday. The film's Flixster score is a very encouraging 80 percent, on par with Son of God's 82 percent on the first Saturday of its release.

Warner Bros. reports that Transcendence earned a meager $4.82 million on Good Friday--including Thursday night's $850,000 early show debut. From there, BoxOffice projects a disastrous $12.2 million weekend for the $100 million+ sci-fi flick. By comparison, 2011's Source Code opened to $5.1 million before going to a $14.8 million opening weekend in April 2011. Early word of mouth isn't doing Transcendence any favors as WB reports audiences gave the pic a poor C+ Cinemascore, while the film's Flixster approval/anticipation rating is down to 50 percent after just one day of release. The writing was on the wall going into release as Rotten Tomatoes critics rate it a mere 19 percent fresh as of Saturday morning.

A Haunted House 2 brought in $4.03 million for its first day, significantly down from its predecessor's $6.8 million opening Friday. BoxOffice projects a soft $9.8 million weekend. Critics, unsurprisingly, disapprove of the film (7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but Flixster's community gives the film a 75 percent score as of Saturday morning.

Rounding out the weekend's new releases, Disneynature's Bears pulled a modest $2.3 million yesterday and is projected to earn $5.4 million over Easter weekend. While that's noticeably down from Chimpanzee's $3.55 million opening day two years ago, it should be noted that Earth Day fell on Sunday that year while Easter had already passed two weeks earlier. With Earth Day 2014 landing on this coming Tuesday, Bears could see slight back-loading after the weekend. Critics' reviews (88 percent) and early word of mouth (80 percent on Flixster) appear healthy.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Jul. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$13,009,750-25%4,0036$3,250$228,376,7752Universal
2Grown Ups 2$10,577,217-28%3,491--$3,030$41,508,5721Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$9,988,898-22%3,275--$3,050$37,285,3251Warner Bros.
4The Heat$3,993,235-30%3,128-56$1,277$112,365,5573Fox
5The Lone Ranger$3,293,780-30%3,9040$844$71,467,2922Disney
6Monsters University$3,010,379-30%3,142-597$958$237,771,0034Disney
7World War Z$2,776,600-26%3,003-313$925$176,971,7824Paramount
8White House Down$1,738,984-32%2,566-656$678$62,975,5663Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$1,411,085-27%2,150-755$656$280,888,9625Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$864,978-23%1,394-710$621$91,639,0115Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$1,237,340-35%89216$1,387$26,132,4612Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$378,180-32%850-756$445$113,311,8667Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$200,072-32%403-162$496$224,360,9059Paramount
4Epic$142,214-25%352-76$404$104,872,2938Fox
5Fast & Furious 6$139,160-40%392-225$355$236,533,1708Universal
6After Earth$84,907-21%238-32$357$59,383,5747Sony / Columbia
7The Croods$76,792-25%243-26$316$185,630,10117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$76,118-32%138-32$552$3,526,8266Roadside Attractions
9The Hangover Part III$61,244-22%265-73$231$111,651,6078Warner Bros.
10The Internship$60,154-33%233-146$258$43,220,7056Fox
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$54,185-18%125-60$433$143,218,77610Warner Bros.
12The Purge$48,330-25%179-77$270$63,833,9756Universal
13Mud$39,603-34%1132$350$21,070,58112Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$25,005-16%150-20$167$49,663,15712Paramount
1542 (2013)$16,946-33%105-77$161$94,927,85014Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$335,835-30%7960$4,251$1,866,3362Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$120,046-14%7--$17,149$386,2911Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$70,269-34%9121$772$785,1864Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$48,399-24%97-62$499$5,458,1525A24
5Scary Movie 5$27,911-7%33-10$846$31,957,94414Weinstein / Dimension
6The East$27,059-34%71-31$381$2,126,0907Fox Searchlight
7Escape From Planet Earth$20,886-10%55-7$380$56,958,05122Weinstein Company
8The Kings of Summer$20,867-31%565$373$1,206,7117CBS Films
9Stories We Tell$8,785-17%281$314$1,484,07410Roadside Attractions
10Kon-Tiki$8,76013%21-3$417$1,445,03412Weinstein Company
11G.I. Joe: Retaliation$6,301-7%41-22$154$122,512,05216Paramount
12The Sapphires$3,181-12%150$212$2,439,25317Weinstein Company
13Pawn Shop Chronicles$1,464-4%15--$98$4,9241Anchor Bay Films
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$1,450-2%31$483$508,43011eOne Films US
15Copperhead$966-56%5-10$193$119,1433Brainstorm Media
16Revelation Road 2$796-61%5--$159$3,7221Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$772-61%1-1$772$317,16514Freestyle Releasing